5 Products My Skin is Loving Right Now // June Favourites

Finally some type of skin care post- I have been meaning to write more of these but executing the job has not been easy feat. I try many different products every month mainly because I enjoy learning ingredients and what works for different types of skin, including my own. Essentially I am a product whore. I love indulging in skincare, beauty, hair and body products of all sorts. This month I bring to you my favourites and this time I have quite a mix.

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I will start with the product I have gone through the most and this is definitely the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water . I have been using the cult, Bioderma micellar for a long time and have loved it. I still do however it is a little pricey compared to Garnier’s version. I almost always double cleanse at night and I find that by using a cleansing water to remove my makeup (especially on the eyes) ensures that my face is clean and ready for my night skincare routine. Apply onto a cotton pad and most of eyeliner and mascara comes off. Definitely a good budget buy!

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Another hot item on my beauty shelf is an item I got in the Cult Beauty Box by Anna & Lily a couple of months ago. It is from Pixi a brand I have heard about a lot on the Youtube arena and have been wanting to try. This Hydrating Milky Mist from Pixi by Petra is a spray that can be spritzed all over your face. It is good because it contains Hyaluronic Acid which is good for maintaing the skin’s moisture levels. Other than leaving your skin refreshed this mist is supposed to be good for fine lines and also soothes irritation. I apply this before applying makeup as skin prep or anytime through the day for a freshen up. I’m glad I found this one! I cannot wait to try some other Pixi products too.

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As winter hits, I like to change up my moisturiser for something little more potent- in other words, rich and creamy. MV Organics is an Australian owned and made hence why, when I heard it became cult I had to try it. The Rose Soothing and Protective Moisturiser is nothing but quality. It contains Rose Otto and Rose Geranium essential oils and works on all skin types including sensitive skin. It is luxurious and rich, perfect for the harsh conditions of winter and cold weather. Only downside is this tub was 15ml, great for travel not so good to last the whole season. Go for the 70ml bottle next time!

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One makeup favourite, very basic but an essential for me is eyeliner. I live for any liquid eye liner, especially these pen ones.  They are easy to apply and stays put. This one is the Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Eyeliner. Generally, I have stopped going for waterproof products, mainly because I have allergies and also because I prefer the colour pay-off of the non-waterproof ones. This one is great. It is fine and can be used to create thin, fine lines however you can build it up as well. Big love!

Lastly, I have a hair product! This hairspray is unlike any other and a first for me. It is the Doo.Over by Kevin Murphy. It is a dry shampoo and retexturising spray all in one. I cut my hair to a shorter shoulder length style after the wedding and ever since I needed something that would create body and gives my curls a bit more hold. The scent of this is also a winner. Just make sure you give it a good shake before using and spray onto roots and work hands through after. Love it!

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Prepping Your Skin for Winter

For those that have been waiting for a blog post I have to apologise as a lot has been happening. I started a new job (in addition to the one I have) and my husband graduated from his watchmaking apprenticeship which meant a short trip to Sydney. Nonetheless, I know excuses, excuses but life gets busy. As for my new job, it is working for Clarins on counter sales. I think it will help greatly to expand and build on my training I did last and onto a pathway to an area I have a lot of interest and passion for. Also I love Clarins as a brand and always have so I’m thrilled to be working for a dynamic brand.

The weather has been terribly miserable and winter has hit Ballarat hard. It has been cold and week all week and to be honest I think it will be a long winter for moi! With this I would like to highlight the effects of winter and how it affects the skin, be it on your face or body and how you can prep your skin this winter.

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Change of any season can cause stress on the skin and body. This might be different for everyone and factors such as harsh winds, cold temperatures and dry air can also leave the skin dehydrated, red and irritated.

Change up your Routine

Just like our clothes our skincare routine needs to be re-assessed with the change of season. Your skin may need moisture hence it would require products that are heavier. For example, you might need to change from a lotion to a cream based moisturiser.

Another skin care product that might need to be changed is your cleanser. Cleanser’s are clarifying and sometimes they can strip moisture from the skin so maybe change to a cleansing cream or oil in the winter months.

Exfoliate

This is a step most people do not know about or tend to ‘forget’, however exfoliating is important to shed the dead skin cells that happens more regularly due to the dry air in the colder months. It also helps moisturisers skin into the skin more easily.

Exfoliation should be done on the face and body. It should be once at least twice a week to prevent skin from getting dry and flaky. Use a moisturiser to follow for the best results.

Repair

Due to the harsh conditions in winter, it is vital to maintain a good skincare routine and not slack off. Winter is a good time to repair the skin, as compared to summer one might not be in the sun all the time. The use of face serum/ oil great to replenish hydration in the skin cells and provides the skin with a boost in the harsher months.

Hand and lip care are two areas that can get forgotten so always moisturise and protect with moisturisers, sunscreen and/or lip balm. I also feel exfoliation of the lips help with cracked, dry lips in winter.

Sunscreen

Winter means less daylight hours hence less sunlight however never dismiss using sunscreen at this time of the year. The UV rays from the sun are just as potent this time of the year as they are in the summer months, so slip, slop, slap!

Stay Hydrated

Lastly, I need to stress upon how important staying hydrated is externally as it internally. To retain moisture on your face and body, you need to drink lots of water as well to hydrate and maintain wellbeing to the body. Moisturising is vital in winter to keep the skin smooth and soft (not too forget- looking good!)

 

How do you prep your skin for winter? Please comment as I would love to read your comments:-) xx

Why It’s Important to have Basic Skin Care

As I speak, I’m about a day to my final exams for the beauty therapy course that I have been doing for the last 8 months. Something I’ve learnt in beauty and also from my mum is that skin care is important and there are some three key steps we should follow to preserve and maintain our skin.

Basic Skincare

Basic Skincare

The most important thing everyone must have in their daily routine is skin cleansing. Cleansing is key because men and women both live in the environment. This air around us contains dirt and pollution especially in big cities and more populated areas. A daily cleanse is necessary to remove all traces of dirt, grime and for women- leftover makeup.

Basic Skincare: Cleanser- Origins Ginzing

Basic Skincare: Cleanser- Origins Ginzing

The second step is toning. Toning is often overlooked as most don’t understand how a bit of clear lotion can help the face however I would like to say it’s a necessity. I myself have neglected using a toner in my routine for years out of laziness. A toner is used after cleansing (when the pores are open) to help refine the skin structure and tighten pores. It also helps to replenish the moisture that is stripped away after cleansing the skin.

Basic Skincare

Basic Skincare

Lastly, to seal the deal, a moisturiser prepares the skin for the environment. Moisturiser is a barrier for the skin before going out into the outdoors. It creates a layer on the skin and protects from any harshness from pollution and effects from the weather. Not all moisturisers contain SPF ( you should use sunscreen for that) but some do and it is necessary to also protect yourself from the UV rays of the sun.

 

How does your basic skin care routine look like? Please share you thoughts:-) 

 

Alright, Day 3 of Blogmas and looking forward to hearing what you all think… Sarah xo.

Brand Review: Kate Somerville

I enjoy trying out new products and researching the Internet for new brands especially ones that work well. Kate Somerville is a brand I was introduced to by watching Caroline Hirons videos on Youtube. She raves about them quite often and a few products have had a cult following amongst celebrities. The brand has it’s roots in beauty therapy and being a skincare specialist salon brand I was interested to give it a try.

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When I decided to start implementing Kate Somerville into my routine, I had acne prone skin which was partly due to the weather (in Malaysia- hot and humid) and also hormonal. I already had my basic skin care products so I decided to try a treatment product and the first thing got was the Exfolikate Acne Treatment.

Kate Somerville Exfolikate Acne

Kate Somerville Exfolikate Acne

I have used it 1-2 times a week for the last 2 months and think this is an excellent product.This treatment is really easy to do and does not take long. You apply all over the face, (I concentrate more on the areas with acne) and in circular motions gently massage onto skin. Leave it on for a minute then clean off.

Kate Somerville Exfolikate Acne Treatment

Kate Somerville Exfolikate Acne Treatment

The outcome is that for now, my acne is gone with a few battle scars along the way. I don’t think this product will stop one from getting pimples however I do believe it will reduce the outbreak a little bit. I love that this product contains Salicylic Acid and helps fight breakouts. It also contains loads of essential oils and has a herbal mint feeling on your skin when applied. I would recommend those with acne prone skin to try this product. It sits great in a routine as a bi-weekly exfoliant especially during ‘spotty’ times.

Kate Somerville Clinic-to-Go Pads

Kate Somerville Clinic-to-Go Pads

Another item I purchased was the Kate Somerville Clinic-to-Go Exfoliating Pads that I have also heard lots about these and the benefits of using acid toners and the likes. I have never tried any other brands so this one was a first. These resurfacing pads are meant to “rejuvenate the appearance of the skin”.  They contain AHA lactic acid which need to be used with slight caution only because it can cause dry flaky patches of skin. I didn’t experience this until recently. A recommended use for this would be once a week as it is an exfoliant. I honestly don’t think I would repurchase this product as I didn’t feel as tremendous change in my dry (except for the increased dryness).

Kate Somerville Nourish Firming Mist

Kate Somerville Nourish Firming Mist

Along with the other products, I was given a sample of the Nourish Firming Mist. This product is essentially a toner but I guess mist is a fancier word for it. The Nourish mist is packed with essential oils and hydrating ingredients. It is suitable for almost all types of skin except if you are allergic to glycols or essential oils. This product would be great for mature skin too. I absolutely loved this product and I used it as my night toner. Spritz this all over your face and you feel amazing! (Well, I did) The essential oils in Nourish give an uplifting feeling after you apply it.

Overall, I think Kate Somerville has it’s hits and misses. The brand concept is great as it has been around for awhile and most of the products are really good. I think the price point is average for the type of product it is and you get salon- quality for an affordable price.

I already have my eye on the Nourish Moisturiser from the range! Kate Somerville products are available in Australia from Mecca online or any Mecca stores.

 

Have you tried any of these Kate Somerville products? Which one have you tried? Let me know in the comments below. 

Sarah xo.

Review: Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette

The Naked Palette has become a cult product over the last 5 years since it’s first reveal with the Naked 1 palette in 2010. I bought my first palette, Naked 1 in 2011 and still keep it because I am a softy, sentimental. Half the palette has hit pan (another term for finished) and I still go back to use the remaining bits. It is honestly, the best palette I have ever owned and when I saw the colour range for Naked Smoky I knew I had to give it a try.

Naked Smoky Palette

Naked Smoky Palette

A brief rundown of the history of these palettes, they were created around colour tones, the Naked 1 palette was a matte and bronze range of colours, the Naked 2 more taupe based colours and the Naked 3 contains warm and rosy neutrals.  The Naked Smoky palette however has a range of matte, bronze, taupe and grey and black which for more makes it suitable for my skin tone and the looks I generally go for. Altogether there are 12 shades in the palette which makes it worth every penny.

Palette Love- A dozen sultry, smoky neutrals

For those of you that are looking for a makeup palette and have never bought one before, the Naked palettes are worthwhile looking into. Do make sure that you choose one that suit your skin colouring and your personal style.

The Naked Smoky palette comes in a nice slightly see-through case and also contains an dual-ended eye makeup brush. The brush has a smudge brush on one side and tapered crease on the other end. I have used the smoky smudger end and I think that Urban Decay have done well with this addition. The colour payoff of all the shades are amazing, as are all Urban Decay eyeshadows. Swatches can be found here by Temptalia. I think she has an excellent in-depth review and this will help any of you who would like to or are thinking about purchasing this.

Naked Smoky: (From left) High, Dirtysweet, Radar

 

From left: Armor, Slanted, Dagger

From left: Armor, Slanted, Dagger

 

From left: Black Market, Smolder, Password

From left: Black Market, Smolder, Password

 

From left: Whiskey, Combust, Thirteen

From left: Whiskey, Combust, Thirteen

In my opinion, Urban Decay have definitely earned my 5 stars are they have come up with another good palette. Personally, I didn’t purchase Naked 2 or 3 as I found not all the colours matched my skin tone well hence I probably would use them to their fullest. But I would gladly repuchase Naked 1 and I’m looking forward to creating many versatile different looks with the Naked Smoky palette.

For those interested, the Naked Smoky palette is now available for $81 in Australia at all Mecca stores and online.

Have you tried the Naked Palette? 

 

Disclaimer: This review is not sponsored post. The item featured was purchased by me and this is my own opinion and I am not affiliated or partnered with Urban Decay to promote this product.